If the past few days of warm weather have given you a fever to plant shrubs, trees and flowers in the yard, you're not alone. The promise of spring is in the air, and it is hard to sit still as the days become longer and the temperatures rise. I love days like these and really enjoy getting out and experiencing a new start as plants wake from their winter dormancy.
Knowing that the food you eat is safe is many times taken for granted by most Americans. The only time we really think about food safety is when something happens to the food supply that makes people sick.
If you have ever come into the office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I talk about is bringing in a soil sample to the office.
I see it year after year in the Extension Office: Clients come in wondering what to do about their tomatoes or peppers that are being laid to waste by disease. Many times, the problem in question is part of fungal diseases that can occur. Other times the problem is what is called blossom end rot.
Once every five years, farmers get a chance to be counted through the national Census of Agriculture. As more and more people leave the farm and choose to do something different, the census proves to be an important tool to account for this ever-shrinking population.
Here in Hall County people are generally very passionate about their lawns. Many want a nice turfed area, even under trees. But sometimes that reality is harder to come by even when everything has been planned out perfectly.
Many times in the office, I receive phone calls or walk-ins from people who want to do something productive with their property. Generally, these people have 10 to 20 acres of land and want to put some of it into production, say small fruits.
Throughout the year, I will have people call wanting planting advice. Typically they want to know what type of plant should be planted for their landscape. But I also get a lot of questions whether the time of year is right to plant.
I found an article discussing the global forest industry's recovery from the five-year economic recession that has plagued everyone. It was interesting to read and I thought to share it because this is something that I have discussed over Christmas with my brother-in-law. He works as a chemical engineer for a paper company and he was commenting that the industry, or at least his company, was doing well.